The holiday hiatus is over and the show is back! Hot news updates: Isaac is reading Harry Potter for some reason and Charles was almost bumped off a comedy show in London. Comedian Mattio Martinez makes his return to the podcast after two years away!
This week's topic: the recent argument over Louis CK's alleged new, mean-spirited comedic tone. Is this actually new or is it just that the lens on him has shifted since his predilections were revealed? Was CK's public persona legitimate or just a faked creation to advance his comedy career?
Also discussed: Isaac's distress at being called a skinny fat, why it's such a turnon to be desired, and whether the era of alpha males is over.
Buzzfeed call for podcasts: https://www.buzzfeed.com/scottybryan/podcast-suggestions-2019
In a Not a Huge Fan first, it's a movie episode about films that actually came out this year! Isaac loves the press-bashing of The Frontrunner and hates the quipping of Halloween; Charles dismisses the flag controversy surrounding First Man and is annoyed by the uneven qualities of A Star Is Born.
Also discussed: the "build a cult" business model of modern gyms, the destruction of Hollywood via quipping, and finding a term for mountain climber groupies!
Please note: this is our last episode of 2018! New episodes to return in January 2019. In the meantime, please enjoy our very robust back catalog or hang out in our forum: http://nahf.boards.net/
It's listener feedback time! Isaac and Charles read through message board posts from ShadyLady, Heather and more! Controversial guest Cameron Johnson has stirred up lots of reactions and his two recent appearances on the show are closely examined. Post your own thoughts at http://nahf.boards.net or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also discussed: does Charles behave differently around female guests? Is the media actually the people's enemy? And why did so many 90s bands have a disastrous album after a megahit?
The 2018 midterms are over and it's time to debrief! Charles boasts that his California ballot proposition recommendations mostly passed. Isaac thinks the election was boring and that fewer people should be allowed to vote. Isaac and Charles both hate Ted Cruz, are annoyed by the hype around Beto O'Rourke, and like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Also: Isaac provides a shocking hot take on the presidential contenders for 2020 and more!
This week's episode explores the creative sides of your favorite podcast cohosts, along with comedian and first time guest Kelly McInerney. Everyone shares the details of a screenplay or pilot they've written: Isaac's afterlife romance, Kelly's political comedy, and Charles's Christmas horror. Vote for your favorite by emailing email@example.com or visiting our forum at http://nahf.boards.net/.
Also discussed: Dave of Kentucky's shocking new revelation, Venom, Atomic Blonde, and why weed legalization is bumming out Isaac.
Controversial guest Cameron Johnson (@CameronJAwesome) is back! This week the topic is racial discrimination on dating apps, and how some platforms like Grindr are attempting to combat it.
How much of who you're attracted to is innate and how much is cultural programming? Why do people post discriminatory statements in their dating profiles?
Also discussed: gay mouth kissing, Cameron's collection of awful messages from men, and why straight men love looking at Grindr.
Grindr's Kindr story: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/after-sexual-racism-accusations-gay-day-app-grindr-gets-kindr-n912196
Cameron's documentary: https://mic.com/articles/113174/here-s-what-never-to-say-when-dating-a-gay-black-man#.fgII6oPU0
Guest Sam Bivins describes his time canvassing for Democratic Congressional candidate Katie Hill, while Charles promotes Congressional candidate and Green Party member Kenneth Mejia to Isaac and Sam.
Then: a brief look at identity politics w/r/t voter ID laws. Are these laws racist? Is citing dogwhistling just attempted mind reading? Isaac thinks voter ID laws are good! Charles and Sam think they are bad! It gets heated.
90 minutes of the craziest, edgiest conversation you can imagine: discussing the 11 ballot propositions on the 2018 California ballot. It doesn't get any wilder than this!
Sam Bivins joins Isaac and Charles on a rollicking adventure through the world of direct democracy. From the crazed bond-issuing housing perversions of Prop 1 to the decadent egg-cesses of Prop 12 (get it?), we've got the ultimate Not a Huge Fan guide to voting in California. And if you don't live in the state and all this is meaningless to you, there's a special treat for you (not really).
A tasty podcast morsel in preparation for our California ballot proposition megasode later this week! Joining the show is repeat guest Sam Bivins.
In this minisode we read listener email about the Kavanaugh episode, plug our new retro listener discussion forum at http://nahf.boards.net, and Isaac issues a correction demanded by his father!
Damien Newton from Streetsblog LA (https://la.streetsblog.org/) lends his transit expertise to this week's show, along with comedian Adam Yenser.
The conversation goes in depth on LA transit issues like electric scooters, "road diets" and whether they hurt local businesses, Vision Zero, and numerous other transit nerd topics.
Plus: a very special talk radio interview, the definition of a "bollard," and someone on the show was late! Can you guess who?
Isaac's full interview with Mark Thompson: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/conway-on-demand-20635767/episode/conwayshow-101-he-was-29930696/ (starts at 33:01)
Adam Yenser: http://adamyenser.com/
Damien Newton's contributor page on Streetsblog LA: https://la.streetsblog.org/author/damien/